. washington, d.c. has had its share of rough weather today, and tonight, flooding rains, washington, baltimore, the delmarva, but think of what this storm does just beyond the distraction from the coverage of the race for president. there is also the events, the tenor and tempo, our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd is in the white house today, safe from the elements. >> reporter: good evening, brian, well, the president actually woke up this morning in orlando, florida, for what he thought was going to be a three-state, one-day blitz with president clinton. the white house decided to cancel it, got back on air force one, got back to washington and got briefings, if you will, from his fema director in the situation room.